Beacon Journal staff report

The Mid-American Conference preseason coaches poll was announced Wednesday, and Kent State University was picked to finish sixth in the East Division.

Last year was coach Don Gromala’s first season with the Golden Flashes and they finished 6-22. The Flashes return 10 letter winners, including five starters.

Kent State field hockey was picked to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference when the preseason coaches poll was announced Wednesday.

The Golden Flashes, however, are the favorites to win the MAC Tournament. KSU tied with Central Michigan with two votes each.

Last season the Golden Flashes won a share of the regular-season title with Miami, but lost in the final game of the MAC Tournament.